Juvenile Court Process
After a juvenile is arrested, copies of the police report are forwarded to the State's Attorney's office and Probation Department. After review, if the juvenile is not currently on Probation or Court Supervision, the juvenile and parents/guardians will be contacted by an Ogle County Probation Officer to set up a Preliminary Conference Appointment. At this appointment, the Probation Officer will gather information about the minor and family to prepare a Preliminary Conference Report for the State's Attorney.
If a court case is filed, the juvenile and the parents/guardian(s) will receive in the mail their first court date called an arraignment. At the arraignment, the juvenile and the parents/guardian(s) will be read the charges and their rights. If the parents/guardians are unable to hire a private attorney, a public defender will be appointed to the case. Once an attoryney is assigned, a court date is set. The juvenile must be represented by an attorney at all hearings.
If the juvenile is found not guilty, the case is closed and there is no juvenile record. If the juvenile is found guilty or pleads guilty to the case, he/she is placed on Court Supervision or Probation. Before leaving the courthouse, the parents/guardians and the juvenile will meet with a Probation Officer. At this meeting, the Probation Officer will collect contact information and schedule a future appointment. The parent/guardian must be with the juvenile at the next appointment with the Probation Officer. At this meeting, the Officer will explain the the Court Order and all expectations.
What are the rules of reporting to my probation officer?
You must report on the day and time your probation officer tells you. If you have any emergency or illness that prevents you from keeping your appointment, call and speak directly to your probation officer.
What do I do if I am arrested while on probation?
If you are arrested, charged with any offense or have any police contact, contact your probation officer immediately.
Who do I pay my fines, costs and/or restitution to?
Payments should be made to the Ogle County Probation Department. Payments of cash, money order and cashier checks are accepted. If paying by money order or cashier’s check, please make them payable to the Ogle County Circuit Clerk. Please note that the Ogle County Circuit Clerks’ Office does not accept personal checks or credit/debit cards at this time.
How do minors get placed in Focus House?
Please see the Focus House website (www.focushouse.net) under the Admissions/Referrals section.
Is there a fee for a minor being placed at Focus House?
Yes. The Court assesses a $50.00 per week fee for placement of minors placed in Focus House residing in Ogle County. This fee can be re-evaluated due to financial hardship. This fee can be paid in cash, money order, personal check or cashier’s check at the Ogle County Probation Department. If being paid with other than cash, please make payments payable to the Ogle County Dependent Children’s Fund.
How do I contact the public defender's office in Ogle County?
Ogle County does not have a telephone number associated with the Judicial Center for the public defender’s office. If you have been appointed a public defender, you must call the specific attorney at their private office. A list of the four most often appointed attorneys is below:
Kathleen Isley – (815) 732-0351
Michael O’Brien – (815) 732-6124
Dennis Riley – (815) 732-7131
Where do I get information regarding the Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council?
The new Juvenile Justice Council website is currently being developed. Please contact the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s Office at (815) 732-1170 for information regarding the Juvenile Justice Council.